Every town has its High Street, with stories to tell. Since the earthquake Christchurch has been left with more historic spaces than places. The stories of what used to be there are being collected on the High Street Stories website.
The old Post Office building stood firm through all the shaking (even the parapet). It was built in 1932, just after the Napier earthquake. Around 100 reinforced concrete piles were sunk 35' into the ground and a 15" concrete pad was poured for the foundation. The style is stripped classical, and it stands out (in every way) as a triumph of over-engineering.